The Stoffle Gazette

December 11, 2015

News from this week

This week has been a big testing week between the District Assessments and math tests. On Monday students will take the English Language Arts DA from 8:30-10 and on Tuesday they will take the Math DA at the same time.

We have several technology projects going on right now. The students in my Language Arts class have both a Book Club project and and an Informational Project they are working on. We have begun working on publishing their informational research projects and students are working on Powerpoint presentations on an informational topic of their choosing. The students have also begun planning for their book club projects. The students need to write a reading response on their book club book and they will create either an Animoto book trailer or a graphic novel based on one chapter in the book. They will have an opportunity to work on this next week in class and they are also to be working on it at home. The projects are due Thursday, December 17 so that we can share them in class.

The students participated in the Hour of Code this week in Science. They can go on to their eClass page to log in if they want work on this further. They already know how to do this.

I will be sending home a Six Flags reading log today. This reading log is to be used for the next 3 weeks. It is due on the day we return from winter break. Every child who turns in his/her reading log will receive a free ticket to Six Flags good for the summer months.

Our winter class party is also scheduled for Friday, December 18 at 10:15. We will have pizza and Mrs. Gotvald is planning some activities.

Have a great weekend!

Coming up next week

Reading: The Reading DA will be Monday from 8:30-10:00. We will practice answering a DBQ (Document Based Question). We will also be working on our book club projects.

Writing: We will finish publishing our research projects.

Math: The Math DA is Tuesday from 8:30-10:00. We will work on a performance task and review skills covered this year.

Science: We will start our unit on Sound when we return from winter break.

Social Studies: We will take our Road to Revolution test on Thursday.

Other Important Information

Special Holiday Light Display

Amy Knapp, the mom of Riley in our class, let me know that her family has set up a beautiful light display at their home that is timed to music. You can find information about it at You can also drive by their house at 3690 Vinyard Way, Lawrenceville and tune to 91.7 FM on your radio.

Gwin Oaks Witzzle Pro Team

All 4th and 5th grade students are invited to join the Gwin Oaks Witzzle Pro Team. Witzzle Pro is a thinking game that uses multiple math operations. Players roll the dice to get a target number, and try to find that target number on the Witzzle Pro card using three numbers in a row. Players score points for correct answers, and the player with the most points is the winner. This mind-sharpening and fun number game is designed to help students improve their mental math ability. The Witzzle Pro team practices on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 7:15 am. Practice will start on Friday, December 4th. Team members will compete in the Brookwood Cluster Witzzle Pro Tournament on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 here at Gwin Oaks Elementary School. The school winner will go on to compete at the Gwinnett County Tournament.

We will have Witzzle Pro practice on Wednesday, December 16th at 7:15 am. We will NOT have practice on Friday, December 18th. The Wednesday & Friday practices will resume when we return to school in January. Please check the "Math is TOPS" section of your child's eClass for additional information about Witzzle Pro.

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The Library Now Has E-books!

Access them from your smartphone, tablet, Kindle, Nook, Mac and Windows computer! There are also several audiobooks available. Download the Brytewave app on your device and see the directions below.

Accessing eBooks From a Device

Step #1: Search for the Follett Brytewave K-12 App in your store

Step #2: Open up the app and enter your State, School name and then login using your

student number and password.***Make sure you select the “Stay logged in” option.

Accessing eBooks From a Computer

From a computer- Login to your eClass page and click on “Media Catalog” (see picture below). Then, you can login to our catalog using your username and password. To search for an ebook type the title or type ebook to see a list of all available ebooks.

Spelling Words and Root of the Week

Root of the Week: We will be studying the root per- = through, thoroughly

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